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Brooklyn Brackets: Junior's vs. Raskin's for Best Neighborhood Institution

By Serena Dai | March 23, 2015 7:30am
 It's Junior's versus Raskin's Fish Market in the final showdown of Brooklyn neighborhood institutions.
It's Junior's versus Raskin's Fish Market in the final showdown of Brooklyn neighborhood institutions.
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BROOKLYN — It's a cheesecake stalwart versus a fresh fish market in Brooklyn's neighborhood institution final showdown.

After more than 22,000 votes were cast in the final four round of DNAinfo New York's Brooklyn Brackets neighborhood institutions, Junior's and Raskin's Fish Market emerged as the final two competitors for the title of "best."

Fans of Junior's demolished Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, with more than 11,000 people casting their vote for Junior's.

Greenpoint's Peter Pan won just under 350 votes.

It was a tougher round for Raskin's Fish Market, which went up against David's Brisket House last week.

David's received a whopping 6,329 votes for its sandwiches with enormous stacks of pastrami, corned beef and roasted beef brisket.

But it was no match for Raskin's lovers.

They cast more than 10,800 votes for the fresh seafood market, sending it to the final round.

Who will be the winner? Vote now, and check back next week for the result.

Neighborhood Institution Championship Round

JUNIOR'S — Downtown Brooklyn, 386 Flatbush Ave. Junior's has been a fixture in Downtown Brooklyn since 1950 and is known for its famous cheesecake and cozy diner-like setting that draws locals and tourists alike. A developer recently offered Junior's owner Alan Rosen $45 million to buy the restaurant and was rejected. "This is more than a restaurant: it's our roots, tradition and heritage and it is just not sellable," Rosen said.

RASKIN'S FISH MARKET — Crown Heights, 320 Kingston Ave. This kosher fish market has been serving fresh seafood to customers since 1961 when its owner, Shlomo Raskin, first opened for business. Between ice beds full of fish and refrigerators stocked with prepared foods — including Raskin’s own brand of gefilte fish — customers line up to order, careful to avoid slipping on melting ice and fish slime. It’s part of the charm!

— Reporting by Serena Dai, Janet Upadhye, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht. Graphic by Nigel Chiwaya.